& functions of storytelling
The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL) designs stories for the 21st Century. We build on a diverse range of creative and research practices originating in fields from the arts, humanities and technology. But we never lose sight of the power of a good story. Technology, as a creative partner, has always shaped the ways in which stories are found and told. In the 21st Century, for example, the mass democratization of creative tools — code, data and algorithms — have changed the relationship between creator and audience. The Columbia DSL, therefore, is a place of speculation, of creativity, and of collaboration between students and faculty from across the University. New stories are told here in new and unexpected ways.
Join Columbia faculty and industry innovators as we explore the current and future landscape of digital storytelling.
COLLABORATORS WANTED: Become part of the Columbia DSL prototyping community
We host a monthly Columbia DSL Meetup at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC
We are also experimenting with Mighty Networks to collaborate with a group of international creatives
Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many reimagines Shelley’s seminal work through the lens of a naive, emotional, and highly intelligent “life form” - an AI. Rather than taking a dystopian perspective on this rapidly emerging technology...
This Fall the School of the Arts is offering a new course Digital Storytelling: Immersive Production This course is open to students across the University and credit and letter grades are possible for those outside of the School of the Arts. Digital Storytelling: Immersive Production is a semester-long course offered in the fall. The course […]
The future is uncertain and when it arrives, it can be strange and disorienting. Perhaps nowhere is this tension felt more fully than in regards to our health...
Building Simulations for Empathic Care
Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab & the Center for Justice, the Empathy Lab & Refinery29 present a Think & Do session on Shared Reality: An exploration into best practices for designing and producing *Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality experiences as tools for Social Justice
Shared Reality + Social Justice
The Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s “Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling” program honors the most creative approaches to narrative from the past year. Set up to encourage innovation, creativity, and an awareness of the myriad ways digital technology is changing the way we tell stories, the program is open to works from any field or discipline, […]
A special collaboration between the Urban Design School and the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab explores the power of storytelling to help design, mobilize, reimagine and renew urban landscapes. A two day event that mixes think & do.
Designed to be an open R&D space that experiments with shifts in authorship and ownership of stories, the global storytelling experiment also uses a detective narrative to examine the policy and ethical issues surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT).
Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things
Rikers Story Bot is a coding workshop and an algorithmic storytelling project set in and about Rikers Island correctional facility, New York city's main jail complex.
Rikers Story Bot
As PBS deepens the 21st century iterations of its core mission to education, culture and the arts, and news and information, the call to transform public media is pressing and urgent.
Together we can reimagine public media
My Sky Is Falling is an immersive storyworld that aims to raise awareness about the challenges American foster children face before they age out of the foster care system.
My Sky is Falling
Columbia DSL is headed to Sundance
Test & Break – an evening of prototyping
Story I/O – a special event to explore new forms & functions of storytelling
Speculative Fiction – world building for imagined futures
Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many
Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling
Last chance to register for Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things
We’re excited to announce our new podcast – Crossroads
Special Event Feb. 23rd, live at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Sherlock Holmes returns to Lincoln Center
Breakthroughs in Storytelling
The Human Element
Bridging the Physical & Digital Worlds
Welcome to Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things
“The Power of Immersive Media” featured in strategy+business magazine
Columbia DSL at World Economic Forum
Entering the World of Sherlock Holmes
Bit by Bit: Experiments in Digital Storytelling
What could a Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia look like?